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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Mar 3, 2007 8:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three favorite shows - '74, '76, and '77?

I couldn't claim absolute favorites, as my short-term memory isn't good enough to hold all the details in mind over time, but some shows not to be overlooked:

1976

It may seem pedestrian, but the two Oakland Coliseum shows on DP33 and the Cow Palace New Year's Show are just about as good as it gets.

All of June 76 is a real joy. 6-14 is particularly solid with a great last disc--lovely Crazy Fingers, Dancin' in the Streets, and Cosmic Charlie. Also, 6-17 is a bit tighter than most June 76 shows, marred only by a more distorted sound in Jerry's guitar. The Wharf Rat following Let it Grow is the most convincing Wharf Rat I've ever heard. I've never been a big fan of the song, but this version made me really feel it.

1977

The entire year is my favorite show. For example, three shows that would be unlikely to end up on people's top-three lists are 3-20, 5-15, and 5-18. 3-20 has an unremarkable set list but really nice performances of everything, with a beguiling Peggy-O. 5-15 and 5-18 are surrounded by legendary shows and so could easily be overlooked, but they feature exemplary performances from beginning to end, with a nice pair of Estimated Prophets. Speaking of that song, the version from 11-2 included as filler on DP34 is flat-out amazing. I can't imagine how the rest of the band held it together listening to Jerry's over-the-top solo.

1974

I'll just note 5-21, for its 46-minute Playing in the Band that is great quite apart from its length, and a tight Eyes > Wharf Rat

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